What is up guys and gals. This is the first blog post I have had the chance to write for Overwatch during this competitive season. I wanted to take the chance to talk about my thoughts of the new season and the tiers of Heroes that players in game are using.
Every new season of competitive brings a new set of players and competition meaning different heroes being played more than other. This season we have seen a trend in the Overwatch community of certain heroes being used to much and others not being used enough. I have a breakdown of that information for you. First let’s talk about my favorite type of hero and which one I play with the most. When I first started season 2 of competitive I found it hard to even get a win. I didn’t place very well and started my season at rank 2034. During my time of placing I found myself using mainly DPS characters. I enjoy playing with Soldier 76 I think he is one of the better DPS heroes’ great ultimate ability and one of the few who can solo a tank without being over matched. In saying this, I realized that most players I have come across in competitive do not want to help the team. They are there to play the hero they are good with and do not care what other players are using. I found that my team was constantly missing a tank hero and this would inevitably lose my team the game every time. As I realized this more I begin using an off tank hero in D.va. I find D.va is good at dealing damage and blocking for the team. D.Va’s Fusion Cannons are unique in that the closer you are to a target the more damage they do. This requires a bit of experimenting before you’ll start to become comfortable with the damage falloff and how to dictate range against various heroes. I also enjoy the booster D.va has. What makes D.Va such a versatile threat is her ability to fly for a short period of time using her Boosters. The cooldown time on the boosters is minimal and they are able to be used to get on a target quick our get yourself out of danger quick making D.va one of the more usable heroes on attack and defense.
Like I said above D.va has been my favorite character for competitive but what are others in the community using. Here is a breakdown of this:
S TIER “THE OVERPOWERED HEROES”
Ding dong, the Lucio/Zenyatta-dominated Meta is dead – for a little while at least. Buffs to Mercy and nerfs to Lucio and Zenyatta have opened up room for the two other Healing supports in the opening weeks of Season 2, and understandably more Mercy and Ana means less Lucio and Zenyatta.
A TIER “THE CORE HEROES”
Surprisingly, there were no Heroes that fell into the 80-95% usage range this week, indicating that the Meta is in a state of heavy flux. Teams are in “high experimentation mode”, trying out many new strategies to feel out the impact of the buffs and nerfs that accompanied Season 2’s release. And they should – the ELeague tourney is just around the corner and $300,000 USD is up for grabs.
B TIER “THE FAVORITES”
Finally, we reach the meat of the current Meta. These are the Heroes that just “make sense”, either due to their prior dominance or their superior mechanics and abilities. Pros gravitate to these Heroes when there are lots of unknowns, preferring to have a set “control group” of known Heroes to provide a base to experiment from. This allows them to control as many variables as possible to determine the absolute strength of the newly buffed or nerfed Heroes. Many times, one would see Lucio or Zenyatta paired with an Ana or a Mercy, but not with each other. McCree, with his flashbang, is always going to be a known quantity in his ability to set up kills or pick off flankers. Reinhardt, Zarya, and Winston all fit the mold as strong Tanks with game-changing ultimates – staples of lineups regardless of the current Meta.
C TIER “THE BALANCED HEROES”
Reports of Genji’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Despite the outcry of Genji mains upon seeing the drastic nerfs he received with Season 2’s release, Genji actually GAINED ground this week in usage relative to the Meta at the Atlantic Showdown LAN. Did Genji get a strong enough nerf? Or were his detractors correct in their assessment that his Deflect or Dash reset were the true source of his “OP” status? Tracer and Reaper held down their spots in the C Tier after receiving no nerfs or buffs, and everyone’s favorite maligned healer, Mercy, made her grand return to relevance this week, clocking in at a 43% overall usage rate. Welcome back, Doctor Ziegler.
D TIER “THE META DEPENDENT HEROES”
The D Tier was quite crowded this week, hinting further at the volatility of the current Meta. Notable appearances include Pharah, Soldier 76, Hanzo, and Mei following buffs to all of their kits. Out of this cohort, I personally expect to see much more of Mei and Ana in the future – the former for her insane capture point denial through her newly embiggened ultimate and the latter for her pivotal role in the “NiP” strategy, otherwise known as the “3x3” or Triple Support Triple Tank lineup. As for the rest, Pharah is weak to Soldier 76, Hanzo, and McCree up above in the B Tier, so only time will tell if Mercy’s boost in usage and Zenyatta’s Discord Orb nerf is enough to sustain her present usage rate.
F TIER “THE ‘EVEN SEASON 2 CANNOT SAVE YOU’ HEROES”
I don’t want to beat a dead horse with the “Defense” Heroes, but with Season 1 coming to a close and the first week of Season 2 behind us, they once again sit squarely at the bottom of the barrel. It’s no surprise either, none of the Heroes you see here received any sort of balancing as the seasons changed. One slight tweak to Mei’s kit was enough to save her – what’s stopping Blizzard from turning a couple knobs on Junkrat, Widowmaker, Bastion, Torbjorn? Poor Symmetra even had zero picks out of 101 sides, and over 18 hours of play time!
So my fellow players who is your favorite character and why. Leave a comment down below and let me know your thoughts and opinions and until next time don’t forget to keep your stick on the ice.